New York Grapples with a Surge in Vehicle-Related Crimes: A Spotlight on the Issue,  Waqas Arain, January 16, 2024

For New Yorkers, vehicle theft is a recurring menace. The Empire State, while not quite making the infamous top ten list for cargo theft, faces its unique set of challenges in addressing the crime. A series of vehicle-related crimes has recently shone a spotlight on this issue. Suspects have not only been stealing vehicles, but using them as accomplices in further thefts.

The Glens Falls Incident
In October 2023, a 19-year-old from Glens Falls stole a tow truck. But the crime didn’t stop there. He drove the stolen vehicle to commit another alleged theft. This incident wasn’t an isolated case, but part of a growing trend across the state.

National Insurance Crime Bureau Report
A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau paints a grim picture. It reported 8,676 cargo vehicle thefts in 2017 alone. The numbers have been on a steady rise, reflecting a pattern that law enforcement agencies are grappling with. In another case, a 39-year-old Whitehall man stole a truck and then used it to steal from a garage. The stolen items were later recovered, and the suspect arrested.

A String of Thefts in Saratoga County
Recently, on January 14, 2024, Arnold E. Trifaro-Aggas, 29, of Clifton Park, NY, was arrested for his involvement in a series of thefts and property damage in Saratoga County. The State Police of Saratoga, in collaboration with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, apprehended Trifaro-Aggas, the identified suspect. He was arraigned at the Malta Town Court and released on his own recognizance. Continue article